The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Travelling

Travelling can be so exciting, and full of opportunities. If you want to grow as a person while you experience the word, travelling is the best way to do it. However, people tend to make some pretty big mistakes when they travel. Here are some of the biggest:

Letting Somebody Else Pack Your Bag

Letting somebody else pack your bag could be a mistake that costs you a lot of money. Even if this person is looking out for you, they might forget something important, or worse, pack something that isn’t supposed to be there. Write a list of everything you need and use it to pack your own bag.

Packing Too Much

Again, packing too much is a big mistake. Do you really want to end up with 3 different suitcases, with things you probably won’t use inside? Only take the essentials. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice anything; just be smart about what you take with you. Taking too many ‘just in case’ items will be annoying and possibly even more expensive.

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Failing To Invest In Comfort Items

Investing in comfort items for the flight help you to have a better time. Get a travel pillow, along with an eye mask and ear buds if you want them. It can be difficult to sleep on a flight, so if you want the best shut eye you can get, make sure you treat yourself.

Failing To Plan Enough Time In between Flights

Sometimes, if you have to get connecting flights, you can look online and you’ll be shown your options. However, you need to make absolutely sure you have enough time to get off one flight and onto another. It might seem as if you do, but you’ll need to factor in collecting your things and getting through security. You’ll also need to factor in any delays. Missing connecting flights could be very expensive! Just because it’s shown on a comparison site, doesn’t mean you’ll definitely make it.

Not Having Cash For Your Arrival

You’re going to need some foreign currency for your arrival. Think about it; you’ll likely hop in a taxi, or at least want a snack. You can pick some up at the airport if you didn’t get any before you left your home town.

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Forgetting To Inform Banks

You might want to inform your bank that you’re travelling if you plan on using cards. If they suspect suspicious activity, they could freeze your cards. This could leave you in the lurch!

Not Having The Right Documentation

Having the right documentation is absolutely essential. If you’re travelling to America, for instance, you’ll need to make sure you look at the American ESTA website to ensure you have what you need. There are a number of other documents you may need too, from insurance documents to tickets. Have it all safe in one place.

Packing Your Itinerary Too Much

Make sure you leave yourself some free time so you don’t feel stressed out trying to cram everything in. Having an itinerary can be a great guide, but don’t be rigid with it!

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How To Save Money On Transport While Travelling

During travelling unnecessary costs can easily build up, eating into your precious budget. Transportation is one of those factors that can prove expensive if not dealt with carefully. It’s easy to call a taxi and book the first flight you see, but shopping around and choosing more cost effective options can save you a lot of money.

Travelling From One Destination To Another

The initial flight to your destination can often be costly, especially if it is long haul. There are various levels of comfort, luxury, and prices you can go for. No matter what kind of flight you book, there are always ways to make sure you’re choosing the right deal.

Buy your tickets as early as possible; the closer to the flight, the higher the prices are. Make sure you shop around and check comparison sites for the cheapest costs. They will vary depending on the date and number of tickets left. Try to be as flexible as possible, as costs can differ dramatically; Wednesdays and Saturdays are usually cheaper. Flights with connections can also work out a lot cheaper, so if you aren’t in a rush opt for these.

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When you do arrive at your destination, make sure you have already planned how to get to your accommodation from the airport. Check the ‘how to go here’ instructions on your hotel’s website. It will normally list the public transport and directions needed, which will give you a good idea when you arrive. Most agents will direct you towards expensive taxi’s, but always check public transport too as this is normally a fraction of the cost.

Travelling Within Your Destination

When you are settled into your location, you will want to get around and visit the sites. For places that are too far to walk, you will need to consider transport options. The best option is to ask at reception. The staff are normally very willing to help, and as they are locals they’ll have all the inside knowledge. If public transport is unreliable, consider hiring a car rather than using taxis. Low damage excess car hire can work out very cost-effective, so ask around for recommended companies and explain what kind of journeys you’ll be making.

Where To Find Information?

It can be difficult to find information when you are abroad, especially if you don’t speak the language. But in most places, you only need to simply ask! Most locals will be pleased to show you around their home, and staff tend to go out of their way to assist you. There are tourist information points in most cities, and the staff here will normally speak English to some degree.

Failing that, the internet is a wonderful place for finding information quickly. It is relatively easy to purchase plane and train tickets online, with passes saving you money if you’re going to be doing a lot of travel. Take a photo or screenshot of maps, in case you have no internet access later, and write down directions where you can.

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24 Hours in Dubai? Here Are Some Things to Do

The city of Dubai is located in the United Arab Emirates in an Emirate also called Dubai and is one of the major economies in the Middle East. The city’s main income now comes from tourism, however if you did not think there was much to see or do in Dubai, then think again. Follow our tips for how you can easily spend 24 hours in this unique city and find plenty to occupy yourself.

Shopping.

One of the main pastimes in Dubai is the shopping, however it is the experience that is unique rather than the stores themselves, which are all familiar to those who have shopped in other worldwide cities. Some of the unique shopping experiences on offer in Dubai include Souk Madinat in the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, where you can travel by water to and from the various shops, bars, restaurants and hotels. Meanwhile, the Mall of the Emirates even includes an indoor ski slope with real snow in case you want a break from shopping. For a different shopping experience, visit the gold souk, where it is possible to haggle for gold, platinum and diamonds.

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Eating and drinking.

Eating and drinking will be part of any 24 hour visit to Dubai and it is possible to eat a variety of cuisines, from cooking by chefs with Michelin stars in the top hotels to the more traditional street food that is served in areas such as Al Dhiyafah Road. Places here will serve you with fresh grilled meat and fish as well as traditional salads. Due to the fact it is a Muslim state, alcohol can only be served in hotels, but the large number of hotels and bars within them means that it is not hard to find. On Fridays (the holiest day for Muslims), many city restaurants hold ‘champagne brunches’ where alcohol and food are available to consume to excess.

Other things to do.

Although it is a hotel, the 7 star Burj Al Arab has become something of a legend as not only is it the World’s tallest hotel, but it is also renowned for its opulence. However, if you are not a guest, then the only way to have a look around is to eat in one of the restaurants. For further examples of the extravagance on offer in Dubai, visit one of the reclaimed islands that the state is in the process of developing with luxury accommodation. Although Dubai prides itself on being a modern city, there is one part of the original city left. The Bastakia Quarter contains many old buildings and streets that are now home to art galleries and cafes. In addition, the textile souk also offers something of the more traditional Dubai. No visit to Dubai would be complete without a visit to some sand. Whether it is a public beach such as Al-Mamzar or a beach that charges a fee such as the Jameira Beach Park. Alternatively, take a visit out to the desert on a four wheel drive safari. The main sporting pastime on Dubai is golf and there are some famous and stunning golf courses if you want to practice your swing.

So, anyone with 24 hours to spare in Dubai will definitely find plenty of things to do and even if you have longer than that, you will be struggling to fit it all in.

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